Erin Hart's Ireland

Erin HartDear Friends,
I’m so excited to invite you along on a trip to Ireland! On September 12, I’ll once again be leading an intrepid band of travelers to some of the mysterious and beautiful places that have inspired locations in my novels: The National Museum of Ireland, archaeological sites and castles, the bogs and lakes of the midlands, ruined medieval monasteries and haunted tower houses. And of course we’ll take in some traditional music sessions, too, along with a trip to the Guinness brewery and a whiskey distillery! (No such thing as too much research, I always say…)

Haunted Ground by Erin HartWe’re calling this trip after my first novel, ‘Erin Hart's Ireland: ON HAUNTED GROUND.’ The title of HAUNTED GROUND was actually inspired by a line from Byron: 'Where e'er we tread, 'tis haunted, holy ground.' I’ve always thought that line really captured the spirit of Ireland, a place where so many undiscovered layers of history remain perpetually underfoot. My good friend Kathy Sidla from New Departures has organized this tour down to the last detail, from lovely hotels and companionable dinners, to bogwalks and visits to ancient tombs and fairy forts where the little people dwell.

If you’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, but wanted something a little more off-the-beaten track, this is just your ticket. A little history, a little science, a little folklore, a little music and a bit of pub crawling—we’re going to do it all. You’ll find all the details on the enclosed brochure. I do hope you’ll be inspired to join us! If you are, please give Kathy a call at 1-612-305-0025 or1-800-853-1880.

Slán go fóill (goodbye for now),



Erin Hart writes a series of archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious boglands of Ireland. A lifelong interest in Irish traditional music also led her to co-found Minnesota’s Irish Music & Dance Association. This itinerary was specially selected by Ms Hart to highlight the places that have influenced and informed her novels.
Erin’s debut novel, Haunted Ground, introduced readers to pathologist Nora Gavin and archaeologist Cormac Maguire. In addition to winning the Friends of American Writers award and Romantic Times Best First Mystery, the book was shortlisted for Anthony and Agatha Awards, and was named by Book-Of-The-Month Club and ALA Booklist as one of the best crime novels of 2003. Lake of Sorrows, the second novel in the series, was recognized as a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2004. FALSE MERMAID, third in the series, was published in March 2010, and was named by ALA Booklist as one of the top ten crime novels of the year.
A fourth novel, THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN is due out in March 2013. In addition to being published all over the English-speaking world, Erin’s work has been translated into German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, and Japanese.
Erin lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Irish button accordion player Paddy O’Brien, with whom she frequently visits Ireland, carrying out essential research in bogs and cow pastures and castles and pubs.

Your Itinerary


Erin HartWed, Sept 12 Depart USA
Depart the US aboard your jet bound for the Emerald Isle. Dinner will be served shortly after takeoff. Then relax and enjoy your choice of in-flight entertainment as you approach the dawn of an Irish morning.


Erin HartThu, Sept 13 Arrive Dublin
Arrive at Dublin Airport where you are met by your Irish driver/guide and whisked to your waiting luxury motor-coach. Enroute enjoy a drive through Dublin's fair city with a visit the Guinness Storehouse. Sample a draft Guinness in the roof-top bar, Gravity, and enjoy sweeping views of the city. Then lunch at the 800 year-old Brazen Head Pub. After hotel check-in you are free to relax for a few hours. This evening dine together at the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight: Cassidys Hotel, Dublin City


Erin HartFri, Sept 14 Dublin/Highlights
Your local expert shows you the prominent historic buildings and monuments of Dublin. Stop in Trinity College to marvel at the 8th century Book of Kells. Next visit the National Museum Whose collection includes the Ireland’s most important early Christian items in gold and precious stones. Then free time in the afternoon to browse Grafton Street on your own. In the evening you are on your own for dinner and a music session at The Teacher’s club.
Overnight: Cassidys Hotel, Dublin City

 The Silver Spirit

Erin HartSat, Sept 15 Georgian House Museum

& Collins Barracks 
This morning visit the Georgian House Museum for a tour of the Museum from the basement to the attic, through rooms furnished with original artifacts as they would have been from 1790 to 1820. Continue on to visit the Collins Barracks, now the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History. The balance of the day and early evening are free for individual pursuits and dining. Then join your group for a music session at Hughes Pub.
Overnight: Cassidys Hotel, Dublin City


Erin HartSun, Sept 16 16 Newgrange, Corlea Trackway Centre & Ballyfarnon  
Drive north to the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange, ca. 3200 BC, one of the most glorious examples of megalithic art in Europe.. Next visit the architecturally important and mystical Slane Castle. You travel west to visit Tullynally Castle and Gardens. Next a visit at the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre that interprets an Iron Age bog road which was built in 148 BC. See exhibits on its evolution and the way of life in the bog. Drive to Ballyfarnon and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Dinner & Overnight: Kilronan Castle Hotel, Ballyfarnon


Erin HartMon, Sept 17 Ceide Fields, Museum of Country Life, Westport & Galway
Today you travel southwest into County Mayo stopping at Westport, then a scenic drive through Leenane and Recess. Also enjoy a stop in Carraroe before motoring on to the bustling city of Galway. Upon arrival check into your hotel and spend some time at leisure. Your guide leads a walking tour of Galway, visiting Eyre Square and the city’s principal sights. In the evening join your fellow travelers for dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner, you may join your fellow travelers at a local pub for a music session.
Dinner & Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

 The Silver Spirit

Erin HartTue, Sept 18 Connemara
Today tour Connemara and admire the sweeping views of boglands and misty mountains. Stop in the traditional village of Spiddal. Next view the unusual ‘coral’ beach at Carraroe. Travel on through bogland where people hand-cut peat for home heating. Arrive in Ballynahinch and enjoy lunch at the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Return to Galway where the remainder of the afternoon and early evening are free for individual pursuits and dining. You may join your fellow travelers at a local pub for a music session.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway  


Erin HartWed, Sept 19 Portumna Castle, Clonony Castle, Leap Castle & Offaly
Leave Galway and travel southeast to visit the great semi-fortified house, Portumna Castle. Portumna is renowned for its restored 17th century walled kitchen garden; the surrounding parklands are now a wildlife sanctuary. Continue on towards the village of Birr and visit the 16th century Tudor styled Clonony Castle. A short drive will bring you to Leap Castle, built in 800 AD and regarded to be the most haunted castle in Ireland. Drive to Offaly and check into your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Dinner & Overnight: Bridge House Hotel, Offaly


Erin HartThu, Sept 20 Locke’s Distillery & Clara Bog & Boher
This morning drive to Kilbeggan for a tour and to sample some whiskey at Locke’s Distillery, established in 1757. Stop at the Celtic Roots Studio in Ballinahown village where Helen Conneely works with ancient bog-oak, hand-crafting this rare and indigenous material into exquisite art pieces. Then visit Clara Bog Visitor Center, co-located at the library in Clara. Access to the bog is along the Clara to Rahan Road (New Road). Last stop for today is in the village of Boher to visit St. Manchan’s Shrine, home of the largest and most magnificent ancient reliquary in Ireland. Then drive back to your hotel in time for dinner.
Dinner & Overnight: Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore

 The Silver Spirit

Erin HartFri, Sept 21 Dysart O’Dea Castle, Burren & Ennis
Today you travel southwest into County Clare. Stop in Corofin to visit the 15th century Dysert O’Dea Castle which houses the Clare Archaeology Centre. After your visit enjoy a tour through the Burren, a region of limestone hills containing a wealth of rare flowers and prehistoric stone monuments. Stop to visit Poulnabrone Dolman, one of the most dramatic stone grave markers built about 4000 years ago. You then have a brief stop at Ballyvaughan before traveling along Corkscrew Hill, the steep and winding zigzag roadway up the hill between Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna. Enjoy a stop in the town of Kilfenora before driving to Ennis for your next overnight stay. In the evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Dinner & Overnight: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis 

Erin HartSat, Sept 22 Depart Shannon  
After breakfast, we bid farewell as we board our coach for transfer to Shannon Airport. So, “May the road rise up to meet you...blah, blah, blah”. By now you should know this Irish blessing of farewell. Clear U.S. Immigration before boarding your aircraft and jetting across the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States.

Haunted Ground includes:

· Hosted by renowned author Erin Hart
· Fly Delta Air Lines from Atlanta

· SkyMiles Accrual 

· Comprehensive Sightseeing with expert Irish guides
· Selected Irish Music Sessions  
· 6 Dinners; 2 lunches
· Daily breakfast buffet
· All hotel taxes and fees
· Private Deluxe Motorcoach
· Personalized luggage tags
· Pre-trip social gathering
· All Listed Entrance fees
· Escorted by New Departures’ Irish Specialist: Kathleen Carey Sidla

» Double Occupancy, per person, air and land: $3995.00
» Single Supplement*: $ 995.00

Deposit: $750.00 per person

·  Contact me about air from my hometown.

After 4 June 2011 space is on a request only basis. Final payment due 24 June 2011.

Cost includes only listed features; international air taxes and fees, gratuities and items of a personal nature are additional. Any unused portions of this itinerary are not refundable. If a participant chooses to leave a day s events at any point, all additional transportation is at their own devising and expense.

Post-tour air extensions available, including returns from other European airports, for a deviation fee of $100.00, plus any additional airfare costs.

Minimum number of group participants is required to operate this tour. If number is not met we reserve the right to increase the cost or cancel the tour, in which case all money will be refunded.

Cancellation fees:
Due to the special nature of this tour all payments are non-refundable.
Trip insurance is highly recommended (A brochure will be sent at deposit).

Phone 612.305.0025 or 1-800-853-1880

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